"You're at the core of all the changes that happen, in a way," he says. "The different products, and everything — it's been a very interesting job."
Clint Miller first came to Lodge in 1983 for a brief stint, then returned for good in 1985. He started out on a job they used to call "weights and bands," which involved placing weights on top of the sand molds and bands around the sides. This helped keep the molds together as the iron was poured in, back when everything was done by hand. Clint also worked on the Hunter and the Disamatic (machines that make sand molds), before moving to the pattern shop where he is today. While in the foundry, Clint earned the nickname "Mr. Clean." "They'd always say I could work in the foundry and never get dirty," he recalls. "I always told them it wasn't my job requirement to get dirty."
Clint says working in the pattern shop has been the most rewarding mob he's ever done. "You're at the core of all the changes that happen, in a way," he says. "The different products, and everything -- it's been a very interesting job." Clint's tasks include setting up the patterns for the following day, making repairs when patterns get damaged, troubleshooting, and prototyping. "We've done number of different kinds of prototypes that never came to fruition," he says. Now, many designs are made first with 3D printers, which Clint says has "really made it interesting." Clint has worked in the pattern shop for over 20 years now. "It's always something I've been proud of," he says.
Thanks for all your hard work, Clint!
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